Badass – it’s the only thing that comes to mind when people ask me about the team.

I had no background in martial arts. I was just a med student looking for a way to lose weight – I was eating a lot of junk. A classmate of mine had started training Jiu-Jitsu and after seeing it on NatGeo, I wanted to try it for myself. I didn’t know what to expect. Eventually, there I was, standing on the doorstep of DEFTAC-Cebu.

DEFTAC- Cebu BJJ/MMA started in April 28, 2008 when Norman Go, who at that time was a blue belt under Prof. Alvin Aguilar, brought the sport that he loved to his hometown and established the first Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gym in Cebu. “We started out with the first class of 10 people and no one showing up for 2 weeks at the other gym,” he recalls. But since then, the team grew bigger and has produced 53 medals from various tournaments in 3 years.

When in training, nothing is elaborated and emphasized more than technique. You don’t need to be a body builder to excel in this sport because it is based on leverage and not strength. The drills and sparring allow you to apply the techniques as well as improve and expand your game. It’s not only for the guys, we have women that kick ass on the mats too. Not only do you learn about the sport, but you also gain new friends that are more than willing to help in each step of the way. Not to mention that it’s great cardio and you lose weight while having fun.

After a solid 2010, DEFTAC-Cebu is aiming for greater heights and training even harder than before. The team is currently in the process of preparing for various tournaments in the Philippines, Asia and possibly the World championships in Abu Dhabi.

If you see a guy with a shirt that says Tapping people out since 2008, you better believe it. We have the results.


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